Shihab Kuran became a member of the Board in March 2021 and brings with him nearly three decades of global experience in a broad range of technical and executive roles within the energy industry, including specific focus on renewable energy and smart grid technology. Dr. Kuran is the founder of Power Edison, a company focused on providing innovative renewable energy including stationary and mobile energy storage solutions for the grid, and currently serves as its President and CEO. He previously served as President of Strategic Development at NRG Energy, Inc., where he led developments of international renewable energy projects as well as the efforts for evolving NRG's energy storage strategy at the national level. Dr. Kuran also brings significant experience in energy infrastructure, gained from his positions as President of SunEdison Advanced Solutions and as founder of Petra Solar, which pioneered "smart solar" to combine solar energy and smart grid technology.
Dr. Kuran currently serves on the Boards of Enerknol and New York Energy Week as well as the advisory boards of the Charles Edison Fund and the Edison Innovation Foundation. He brings significant experience in raising and deploying capital, including mergers and acquisitions expertise. Dr. Kuran has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the City University of New York, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. He is a serial entrepreneur and inventor, publishing more than 40 papers on a variety of topics.